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Lost Children

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Lost Children
The child walks down the path. The child looks left and right at each fork. At each fork a sign points in the direction the child is assigned to walk down. Left right, left right follow the path. Do as you are told. Do not question. March along like a good child. Do not upset the system This path is meant for you. Do not divert from it or you will be doomed to a life on the outskirts of society. The child continues down the path. Slowly the child is educated. The child is told what to think, when to think, taught to never question. The father along the path the child walks the more the child loses. The sense of adventure inborn in the child is slowly stripped away. Curiosity, the child soon learns will get them nowhere. Imagination is frowned upon. This is the path children are placed on by the system of education in place today. This education system places importance on being able to follow directions. Children who follow directions, children who follow the rules are ushered along this path. It is an easy path, there is no need to think for oneself. Follow the signs and you will be led to a life of happiness. Choose your own path and be cast into the shadows. Lost. Although the modern education system is able to turn out students who are educated, it does not prepare them for the real world. In the real world a path must be found that will lead a child to grow into an adult who has a sense of who they are. A sense of what they want in life. Reading the childrens stories “The Red Tree” and “Lost & Found” by Shaun Tan it is possible to look into the world of two children lost along a path set out by the modern education system. To explore the world of a child who has found another path that leads to a fulfilling life we look to the childrens story “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak. Using these stories as teaching tools it will be possible to circumvent the path set out by the modern education system.

The first story “The Lost...